Thursday Update * April 10, 2014

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Today is Better Together Day!


April 10th is the first annual Better Together Day, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core, to raise awareness around interfaith cooperation. Learn more here.



NC Campus Compact News

In case you missed it, below are the most recent articles on the NC Campus Compact "News" blog.


Campus Compact Leadership Changes 


NC Mayors Recognize Importance of National Service


Alternative break trips and service staycations expand student learning, service


Eight NC Students Receive National Civic Engagement Honor

2014-15 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available

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NC Campus Compact is still accepting applications from candidates for 2014-2015 AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Our next VISTA cohort will begin in early August, 2014 and serve for one full year. To learn more about the program and the application process, visit the FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs. 

Civic Engagement Jobs in the Network

Program Officer: Student Programs
The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS)
UNC Chapel Hill  

National Campus Compact Opportunities


Diving In: Institute for New Community Service-Learning Professionals 

June 2-4, 2014, University of Georgia, The Georgia Center, Athens, GA    

This gathering, designed for those new to civic and community engagement roles, will provide opportunities and tools to acquire knowledge, build skills, engage with colleagues and reflect on topics and issues that will enable us to develop competence, confidence, and support in our work and in our lives. Register 



Happy Volunteer Week!


This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12). Share your inspiring stories and photos on social media with hashtag#ReliefInAction.  



Awards and Contests

2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award
Deadline: May 23rd

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars invites nominations for this award recognizing institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global. Five winners will receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help their students participate in The Washington Center's Academic Internship Program in the nation's capital during the following year.

The selection committee will consider the extent to which institutions are building strategic partnerships that demonstrate the following:

     1. Leadership and innovation in defining and addressing issues of public concern;
     2. Vision for change that is systemic and sustainable;
     3. Depth and breadth of institutional commitment.

Former North Carolina awardees include Duke University, Elon University, and Western Carolina University.


Learn more

2014 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

(Share with your nonprofit partners)
Deadline: July 1st


The award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000, recognizes an existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves and is granted to the nonprofit organization that best demonstrates innovation.

Learn more


General Engagement News & Resources


Race for Results Identifies Need to Create More Opportunity for Success for all NC Children, Especially Those of Color

The recently released KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The report finds, though no one group has all children meeting all milestones, Latino, American-Indian, and African-American children in North Carolina face steep economic, health and educational barriers that significantly limit their access to opportunity. 




New Public-Private Partnership to Prepare Young People for College and Careers

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Points of Light recently announced "Service Works" a new initiative that will help young people develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers. The initiative will engage 25,000 youth, age 16-24, in service and build a large-scale volunteer response to the crisis of low college and career attainment. Citi Foundation's $10 million investment in ServiceWorks marks largest corporate-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA project in history.  Learn more



Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Issue 18(1), March 2014


As a sponsor of this publication Campus Compact would like to draw your attention to the inaugural Campus Compact presidential column in this issue.  This column will serve as a platform for Campus Compact member presidents to share their reflections through provocative essays about engagement on campus.  This month features, Susan Herbst, President of the University of Connecticut and a member of the Campus Compact Board of Directors. She mentions the alignment of the new Campus Compact strategic plan and UConn's new academic plan to be a model for a 21st-century engaged university.  President Herbst also argues that an engaged university is created through civil discourse initiated and modeled by the academic community, emphasizing the vital role civility plays in this discourse. 


In the article "Assessing the Student, Faculty, and Community Partner in Academic Service-Learning: A Categorization of Surveys Posted Online at Campus Compact Member Institutions" Waters and Karen Anderson-Lain examine online survey tools to discover unique concepts that can advance formative and summative quantitative assessment options.

Calls for Proposals/Submissions


"What Went Wrong?": Reflecting and Learning from Community-Engaged Research Conference

July 11-12th, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
Deadline: April 14th

Learn more   


A Network for Academic Renewal Conference (AAC&U)
Global Learning in College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st-Century College Students
October 16-18, 2014, Minneapolis, ME

Deadline: April 22nd    

Learn more


4th Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference
"Moving Us Forward - Fifty Years On: From Civil Rights to Critical Engagement"

October 15 - 17, 2014, Downtown Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL
Deadline: May 1st

Learn more  


Currents in Teaching and Learning  [New!]
Special Fall 2014 edition focusing on service-learning
Deadline: May 15th

Learn more 


The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference [New!] 

"Universities as Anchor Institutions: Driving Change"  

October 5-7, 2014, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Deadline: May 15th
Learn more


Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research
Volume 3 [New!]

(for undergraduates)
Deadline: June 15th

Learn more


The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)  [New!]

Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference, November 7-8, 2014

Deadline: July 1st 

Learn more 


eJournal of Public Affairs [New!]
Special Issue on Global Engagement: Educating Globally Competent Citizens in Colleges and Universities
Deadline: July 15th
Learn more 

Grants and Funding

Ford College Community Challenge

Deadline: May 2nd

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and the winning colleges or student organizations will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas. 


 Learn more 


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants
Deadline: May 2nd 


Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Each grant request must focus in one of the priority issue areas. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution.   

Learn more


Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants (New!)
Deadline: May 22nd

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding (up to $4000) is provided to assist in the following areas: implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.

Learn more


True Hero Grants

Deadline:  June 30th


True Hero is an organization dedicated to recognizing students doing community service work and awarding grants to the schools and organizations that support these projects. Students propose service projects that are then put to a national vote. Winning entries can receive up to $2000.


Learn more



Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: August 15th


Grants support nonprofit organizations and public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.


Learn more

  National Civic Engagement Opportunities


NERCHE 2014 Virtual Think Tanks webinar  

The Politics of Community Engagement: Engaging Values Beyond Partisan Posturing 

April 23, 2014, 

12:00-1:30 PM EDT

Presenter: Eric Hartman, Faculty Member, Department of Global Studies, Providence College 

There is a contradiction at the heart of the higher education civic engagement discourse--that we may be objective and neutral while we engage in an act as overtly political as the building of democratic citizens. This webinar will briefly review the theoretical bases of democracy and its requirements while illuminating the ways in which those requirements express political actions and values choices. The webinar discussion will then turn to applied approaches to rigorously engaging values discourse in the classroom without falling into partisan bickering or ideological straightjackets.  


The registration fee for participation in each real time Virtual Think Tank session is $195. NERCHE also offers recordings of past sessions for $100. Learn more here  



 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting

"Forging Civic Pathways for Students Between Our Instititutions"
June 5-7, 2014
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 30th

Learn more 


The 2014 Alternative Break Citizenship Schools

Early-bird registration: April 18th 

Final Registration: May 16th   

  • "Organize Locally: Using Place and Space to Cultivate Community"
    June 8 - 13, 2014, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • "Building Resilience through Post-Disaster Recovery"
    June 22 - 27, 2014,  Bradley University and Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL
  • "Public Stewardship of Natural Lands and Cultural Legacies"
    July 5 - 11,  Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • "Collaborative Approaches to Securing Food for All" 
    July 27 - August 1, University of Maryland Baltimore County,  Baltimore, MD

 Learn more